Attention turns from trades to preparation for White Sox

Attention turns from trades to preparation for White Sox

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Jose Quintana was at Camelback Ranch on Tuesday as White Sox pitchers and catchers reported to begin Spring Training.

So were closer David Robertson and setup man Nate Jones.

The trio's status with the White Sox when the team breaks camp at the end of March remains to be seen. All three veterans stand as trade potential for a team engaged in a rebuild, with Quintana and Robertson living through the brunt of offseason rumors.

But these players simply stay focused on the job of preparing for the upcoming season. The good-natured Quintana, who will talk to the media Wednesday, expressed through the team a desire to address the rumors one time, and then not speak about them the rest of camp.

"We just look at it as rumors until something happens," said Jones, who is working under a three-year, $8 million deal with team options for 2019, '20 and '21. "You just kind of block it out because everybody can talk whatever they want to, but nothing gets done. Then you did a lot of worrying about nothing. I just try not to worry about it and whatever happens, happens."

"It's tough because there's nothing I can really do," Robertson said. "I can't control anything about it so I just try to put it in the back of my mind. Just come to the field and do the work I need to do, and whatever decisions this organization makes is what they're going to do. I'll end up doing what I want to do -- play baseball."

Renteria on first team meeting

General manager Rick Hahn spoke with the media on Day 1 of camp, speaking on a number of different topics over his nine-minute session. In regard to potential trades while the team is in Arizona, Hahn said the organization will keep an open mind, and where there are trade-related conversations to be had, the team will have them.

"At this point, we have had extensive conversations on various fronts, and as we sit here today, there's nothing that's gnawing at us or appealing enough to make us move," Hahn said. "We are certainly going to keep an open mind, but now the focus tends to shift a little bit to getting ready for the season as opposed to any potential trades.

"We don't view it as everyone in that locker room needs to be moved to serve the next championship White Sox club. A lot of those players are hopefully going to play key roles on that next club. If we get to the point where we feel like it's in the long-term benefit of the club to perhaps take a little something away from today to serve the longer greater good, then that's when you wind up making a deal."

Players such as Charlie Tilson and Matt Davidson look as if they will get a chance to earn significant playing time, as Hahn reinforced the commitment to youth.

"If there's an injury or some other unforeseen issue, underperformance along those lines, then sure, we'll certainly look at potential ways to augment this roster," Hahn said. "But as we sit here today, and we're trying to build for the future, giving young players the opportunity to show what they can do at the big league level will serve us better in the long run."

Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.